Lay of the Land 2016

These intensely personal and autobiographical drawings are a retelling of imperfectly remembered events: memories “stored” in family photographs yet still subject to disorganisation and even disintegration.

The drawings are built up using collage, paint and ink, from my own personal papers: family photographs, old drawings, diary pages and saved pieces of scrap paper. I copy, cut out, erase, trace, and layer. I put images together and then rip them apart again. In some pieces, figures appear in chaotic surroundings, or in contrived landscapes, to which they may or may not belong. In others, the figures have disappeared altogether, and all that is left are empty profiles, as if their occupants have already left the scene.

There are over 100 drawings in this series, so what follows is a selection.

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collaged paper, pen on paper, 2016, 8″ x 7.5″

 

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ink on paper, 2016, 7″ x 9.”

 

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paper, graphite, ink, paint, staples on paper, 2016, 10″ x 8″

 

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paper, ink on paper, 2016, 12.5″ x 8″

 

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paper, graphite, ink on paper, 2016, 10″ x 9.5″

 

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collaged paper, paint on paper, 2016, 7″ x 7″

 

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collaged paper, paint on paper, 2016, 7″ x 7″

 

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collaged paper, ink, paint on paper, 8.5″ x 10″

 

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collaged paper, ink, graphite on paper, 2016

 

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collaged paper, ink, paint on paper, 2016, 17″ x 17″

 

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collaged paper, paint, graphite, thread on paper, 2016, 17.5 x 13″

 

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collaged paper on waxed paper, 2016, 14″ x 11″

 

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collaged paper, graphite on paper, 2016, 14.5″ x 10.5″

 

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collaged paper, paint, ink on paper, 2016, 6″ x 10″

 

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collaged paper ink, graphite, staples, 2016, 6″ x 7.5″

 

 

 

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collaged paper, ink, 2016, 11″ x 7.5″

 

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collaged paper on paper, 2016, 11″ x 8″

 

 

 

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ink on printed and waxed paper, 2016, 9.5″ x 11.5″

 

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collaged paper on paper, ink, 2016, 21.5″ 15″

 

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collaged paper, ink on cardboard, 2016, 7.5″ x11″

 

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ink on paper, 2016, 8.5″ x 10″

 

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collaged paper on paper, 8.5″ x 11″

 

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collaged paper on paper, ink, 2016, 4″ x 8″

 

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ink on paper, 2016, 8.5″ x 11″

 

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collaged paper on paper, 2016, 6″ x 8″

 

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collaged paper on paper, 2016, 17″ x 11″

 

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collaged paper on paper, 2016, 17″ x 11″

 

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Installation view, 100 DRAWINGS group show, Victoria, 2016.